The MASS3 Monthly

August 2017 Edition

Fun-tastic Science YouTube Channels

Get smarter while you're bored!

Right now, I’m subscribed to about 30 YouTube channels— and a majority of them are science communication channels. Not only are they really fun to watch, but they’re great to learn from in terms of science content and information delivery!

I’ve curated a list of my favorite four— perhaps you may or may not be familiar with some of them.

It’s Okay To Be Smart

If you mix pop culture references, fast-paced delivery and science oddities, you get It’s Okay To Be Smart. Hosted by PhD Joe Hanson, it’s a great show if you’re interested in the scientifically interesting. The episode above is his latest— and but my favorite is the episode on Einstein.

Kurzgesagt (In A Nutshell)

One of the greatest— if not, the best— science communication channels on the web is Kurzgesagt. They started out making videos about science tidbits, but they’ve recently transitioned to making videos for social causes. Above is a brilliant episode of theirs on antimicrobial resistance, and here’s a good one on quantum computing.

PBS Space Time

If you’re looking to question the details of astrophysics (or if you’re a seasoned physicist yourself), PBS Space Time is the perfect show for you. Every video’s an in-depth look at a concept in physics, and they occasionally post challenge episodes where you send in your answers and get neat prizes.


There are TED Talks, and there are TED-Ed videos. This YouTube channel has been animating the concepts behind almost every TED talk ever since, plus a few extra oddities. Their latest video is on cats, which you might enjoy.


Do you have any favorite YouTube channels? Let me know, and I might publish another post on those— or perhaps, make it a series! Other than that, happy procrasti-learning!